Jacob & Co. unveils the first ever “digital native” timepiece competingin the GPHG



The first ever “digital native” timepiece competing in the “GPHG” Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Jewelry category.

Born both as an NFT-secured, digital timepiece and as a physical, jewelry watch, the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus belongs in two worlds. In an unprecedented move, Jacob & Co. created a piece that is acquired first as a digital asset, which required unique digital craftsmanship. Its NFT allows to redeem a physical timepiece : a white gold, high jewelry, high watchmaking, unique piece interpretation by Jacob & Co. of Venus' appearance. Its very nature is a paradigm shift for the watchmaking industry.



The Astronomia Metaverso NFT collection is but the first installment in Jacob & Co.'s NFT-based program. It's not just a one shot. We've engineered it to become an integral part of our brand” says Benjamin Arabov, CEO of Jacob & Co.

Which came first? The digital Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus? Or the physical, palpable Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus? Like two intricate faces of a single reality, the timepiece created by Jacob & Co. was executed in both realms at the same time, with the same intention: designing a graphic and horological interpretation of the planet Venus as a watch. An extension of the Astronomia collection, whose original concept is to represent a miniature version of our solar system, the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus takes this metaphorical view one step further in all manners of execution.


Both digital and physical assets are unique pieces that will not be repeated. The cutting-edge concept, grounded in both binary and actual worlds, has been recognized by members of the GPHG Academy. They voted for this unprecedented timepiece to compete in the final round of the Oscars of Watchmaking.


Jewelry accomplishment The Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus is a new, elaborate version based on Jacob & Co.'s successful Astronomia collection. It comes as 44-mm, polished white gold timepiece with wide sapphire openings on the caseband and openworked lugs. Under its vast, curved sapphire crystal lies a vertical movement with three arms. One is a flying tourbillon, the other is a rotating 288-facet Jacob-cut gem representing a planet and the third is an hour and minute dial, cut from a slab of red spinel. Intertwined around these three arms lies the element that's most specific to the Astronomia Metaverso NFT collection. The dome is a three-dimensional, gem-set lattice Jacob & Co. used as a canvas to carry the individual nature of each piece in the collection. In the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus case, the openworked dome is made of yellow gold set with white diamonds, yellow diamonds and pink sapphires.


Digital reach The digital side of Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus was created to fill a void. “There is a digital, crypto, NFT, affluent community that we address directly with this project, says Benjamin Arabov, CEO at Jacob & Co. We have a unique connexion to this crowd and they recognize that we speak the same language, have the same references, live in the same universe”. Designing a digital asset may be considered a trifle, but it does require a similarly exacting sense of precision as a physical design. Shashi Menon, CEO at unxd.com, an online platform dedicated to bridging the gap between luxury and digital and an integral part of the project, says: “Creating the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus required unique digital craftsmanship. It took hundreds of hours of joint work between our digital designers and Jacob Arabo. A qualitative rendering of gemstones and especially diamonds is very hard to achieve digitally”.

Packaged experience In practical terms, a customer willing to acquire the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus is to make his purchase on unxd.com. They will acquire an NFT, a blockchain-secured certificate that is proof of ownership of the digital Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus. This NFT unlocks a set of exclusive experiences designed by Jacob & Co. and which will be privy to the NFT owner only. They include a series of invitations to specific brand events and to meet personally with Jacob Arabo and Ben Arabov. The NFT allows its owner to redeem the physical version of the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus directly from a Jacob & Co. boutique.


Natural extension In a watchmaking sector that considers watches primarily as physical assets, NFTs are all the rage, but still a side benefit. Conversely, some brands edit large numbers of digital timepieces as exploratory creations, inconsequential designs to be used in some version of the Metaverse. The dual nature of the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus is unprecedented as both its versions bear the same importance, the same status and the same design. They're a testament to Jacob & Co.'s natural involvement in an aspect of culture that's still regarded as pioneering, or even strange by many. To Jacob & Co., whose CEO Benjamin Arabov is a millennial digital entrepreneur, it's just daily life. Core offering The Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus is not an isolated incident within Jacob & Co. catalog. It's part of an entire collection, featuring five physical/digital timepieces, all edited as unique pieces, inspired by the five planets closest to the sun. The Astronomia Metaverso NFT solar system is completed by three all-digital pieces.


Technical details


Movement:

Caliber: Exclusive Manufacture Jacob & Co. Manual Winding JCAM42

Diameter: 34.55 mm

Components: 296

Material: Titanium

Power Reserve: 48 Hours

Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)

Jewels: 42

Functions: Hours and Minutes

• Flying Tourbillon Cage rotating in 60sec

• Jacob-cut pink gem rotating on itself in 60sec


Case:

Diameter: 44 mm

Height: 21 mm

Material: 18K white gold and sapphire apertures on sides

Case Back: 18K white gold

Bows: Winding and time-Setting via two 18K white gold bows on caseback

Crystal: Domed sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment

Water resistance: 30 m (3atm)


Dial & Hands:

Dome: 18K yellow gold set with brilliant-cut white diamonds (~ 1.06 ct.), pink sapphires (~ 0.45 ct.) and fancy vivid yellow diamonds (~ 0.71 ct.)

Subdial: Spinel with planet Venus symbol

Hands: Rose gold Jacob&Co-designed hands


Strap & Clasp:

Strap: White alligator

Clasp: 18K white gold tang buckle


Warranty:

2-year international warranty